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No trespassing enforcer

This Rough-legged Hawk wanted to ensure I was behaving myself near this field northeast of Denver last weekend. 😉

Rough-legged Hawks spend their summers in the Arctic where they mate and then spend winters in southern Canada and the lower 48. I’ve been seeing quite a few in recent weeks as their seasonal population here builds. Hopefully I can get some better pics of them like I did last year.

One of their most notable features is that their legs are feathered all the way down to the toes, one of only three American raptors like that. The other two being the Ferruginous Hawk and the Golden Eagle.

A Rough-legged Hawk stands guard on a no trespassing sign. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Rough-legged Hawk stands guard on a no trespassing sign. (© Tony’s Takes)

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